Call for Industry Track Papers for SIGIR 2020, Xi’an, China

Important dates for Industry Track Papers:

Time zone: Anywhere On Earth (AOE)
Industry Track Paper Submission Deadline: Apr 01, 2020
Industry Track Paper Notification: May 01, 2020
Camera Ready Due For Accepted Papers: Mid-to-Late May, 2020

The ACM SIGIR Industry Track provides an opportunity for the community to meet and discuss the latest related technologies as applied in companies, both big and small, and to achieve knowledge transfer across the boundary between academia and industry. The Track will be held as part of SIGIR 2020 ( which will take place July 25-30, 2020 in the city of Xi’an, China.

Submission Guidelines

The submission should be no longer than 9 pages (including figures) + 1 page of references, in ACM two-column conference format. Formatting guidelines are available at the ACM Website.

A condition of acceptance is that at least one author commits to attend the SIGIR 2020 Industry Track to present the work. Accepted papers will be asked to produce a 10-page camera-ready paper. And the camera-ready paper will be included in SIGIR 2020 proceedings.

Submission Website

Authors should submit proposals via the submission website here:


Authors are required to take all reasonable steps to preserve the anonymity of their submission. The submissions document must not include author information and must not include citations or discussion of related work that would make the authorship apparent. Note however, that it is acceptable to explicitly refer in the paper to the companies or organizations that provided datasets, hosted experiments, or deployed solutions. For example, instead of stating that an experiment “was conducted on the logs of a major search engine”, the authors should refer to the search engine by name. The reviewers will be informed that it does not necessarily imply that the authors are currently affiliated with the mentioned organization. While authors can upload to institutional or other preprint repositories such as before reviewing is complete, we generally discourage this since it places anonymity at risk (which could result in a negative outcome of the reviewing process). Authors should carefully go through ACM’s authorship policy before submitting a paper. To support identification of reviewers with conflicts of interest, the full author list must be specified at submission time. Authors should note that changes to the author list after the submission deadline are not allowed without permission from the Industry Chairs. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for, attend, and present the work at the conference.

Topics of Interests

We encourage submissions to the Industry Track in two categories:

  • Industry participants are invited to present innovative approaches used in actual systems and products. We also encourage presentations from small companies, especially startups or spin-offs from either a university project or a large company
  • Open problems and newly emerging problems in industry that are of interest to academic and industrial IR researchers are also welcome

We seek proposals of talks in all topic areas relevant to SIGIR 2020 in general (as listed in the Call for Full Papers (Call for Full Papers). The following themes are also encouraged for the Industry Track:

  • Chatbot and question answering
  • Knowledge graphs
  • Advertising & E-commerce systems
  • Internet economics
  • Recommendation & personalization
  • Privacy
  • Federated Learning
  • Fairness and biases

Industry Track Chairs